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Engineering proposal accepted for planned 2014 improvement project


Fri, Nov 29th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Government

At the Chatfield City Council’s November 25 meeting a proposal from WSB and Associates was accepted for engineering services related to planned 2014 street and utility improvements. Councilor Paul Novotny was absent.

Chatfield is planning a substantial 2014 project which will include four locations: St. Albans Place, Twiford Street, Bench Street, and West Chatfield. The Chatfield EDA has acquired grant funding related to the projects planned for St. Albans Place and Twiford Street.

WSB project manager Dillon Dombrovski was present to answer any questions associated with the engineering proposal at a cost not to exceed $89,300 for planning and design phases. The work will be billed at standard hourly rates. If additional work is added to the project, additional fees for planning and engineering would be added at the hourly rate.

City Clerk Joel Young explained that G-Cubed had offered a proposal at a cost of $8,500 for utility work where they had done some field work and surveying. Dombrovski suggested that their proposal cost would be reduced only slightly by the G-Cubed proposal. Young concluded it wouldn’t significantly impact the WSB proposal suggesting it would be an additional cost.

The WSB proposal was accepted as presented. The intention is to advertise for bids in March 2014 with construction occurring from May to October of 2014.

Other Business In Brief

•The first consideration of Ordinance 409 was approved. Young noted that the fee schedule is adopted on an annual basis. Changes to the fee schedule include an increase in water rates (up 3 percent) and an increase in sewer rates (up 6 percent). A demolition permit will cost $45.

•EDA coordinator Chris Giesen reviewed a settlement plan for the “Flood Recovery” revolving loan provided in 2008 to Bernard Bus Service. The loan is currently about $75,000 past due with an outstanding balance of about $156,000.

The borrower has requested that the city release its lean on the buses to allow the sale of the buses so $125,000 can be repaid in two to three installments. The settlement agreement would allow an additional $30,000 to be rolled over into the forgivable portion of the loan. Originally, $306,653 of the $511,088 loan was to be forgiven. With this agreement a total of about $336,000 would be forgiven by the State of Minnesota. Giesen noted that no direct Chatfield dollars wer .....
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Memorial proposed for Chatfield Veterans

Fri, Nov 15th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Government

The local American Legion has proposed erecting a memorial to recognize all veterans of Chatfield, living and deceased to be located in City Park. Jerry Baudoin, representing the American Legion, discussed some of the issues that have to be worked o ..... 
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Chatfield approves personnel changes

Fri, Nov 1st, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Government

The Chatfield City Council at its October 28 meeting approved the appointment of Patrick O’Neill to the position of wastewater superintendent. Councilor Paul Novotny was absent. Due to the retirement of Darryl Haner, O’Neill was promoted to t ..... 
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Business subsidy for EZ Fabricating expansion

Fri, Oct 18th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Government

The Chatfield City Council at its October 14 meeting approved a resolution to provide financial assistance to EZ Fabricating, Inc. to help with an expansion of the business. Chris Giesen, EDA Coordinator, said he had been working with the owners f ..... 
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Chatfield and Preston put on a show House: Capital Investment Committee Tour

Fri, Oct 11th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Government

On Tuesday, October 8, 2013, members of the House Capital Investment Committee went for a road trip around Southeastern Minnesota to visit candidates requesting bonding support. Led by State Representative Alice Hausman, chair of the House Capital ..... 
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Chatfield responds to complaints of vehicle noise

Fri, Sep 27th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Government

By Karen Reisner Several Chatfield residents have complained about the loud noises created by large trucks as they enter the city from the south. At the city council’s September 23 meeting the council approved the placement of signs which declare ..... 
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Chatfield adopts preliminary 2014 levy reflecting a slight decrease

Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Government

By Karen Reisner The Chatfield City Council at their September 9 meeting adopted the 2014 preliminary budget and levy. City clerk Joel Young reported that the city managed to keep the proposed levy about the same as 2013 because of the sales tax ex ..... 
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Chatfield approves parcel split

Fri, Aug 30th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Government

By Karen Reisner Kyle and Karla Bucknell requested a split of the Ferguson parcel on Hill Street at the Chatfield City Council’s August 26 meeting. The couple is looking to buy a 3.43 acre portion of the property that lies on the eastern side of ..... 
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Chatfield Discusses Enforcement of Noise Laws

Fri, Aug 16th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Government

By Karen Reisner At the Chatfield City Council’s August 12 meeting councilors considered the implications of enforcing Minnesota Statutes for muffler and motor vehicle noise limits. Councilor Ken Jacobson was absent. Police Chief Shane Fox expl ..... 
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